I’ve posted before about Thonet bentwood chairs. They’re everywhere you look. But these were some of the best I’ve ever seen.

In the Tribeca neighborhood of NYC, there’s a Viennese bar called Blaue Gans (‘Blue Goose’). It celebrates German-Austrian culture through the traditional means—beer and wirst—but also through ch-ch-chairs. Michael Thonet, and his invention of the bentwood furniture process, gained popularity in Vienna where Thonet established a factory in the 1830s.

What I particularly enjoy about these bentwood chairs is their unusually bold seat backs. Their curves are more architectual than most, and Blaue Gans did a fine job selecting a diverse but consistent set for their decor. Notice the elongated vertical lines in the background chair, that are unbroken by any horizontal elements from the seat all the way up to the seat back’s top.


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